100 Years Ago: City Council Tries to Procure Cheap Coal, George Thompson Is Prisoner of War, Cobourg Heavy Battery, Lieut. Vernon Castle and Lieut. Coates Fly to Belleville, Private Coon Progressing

The Intelligencer May 29, 1917 (page 1)

“ ‘That this Council take the necessary steps to purchase coal for the coming year and sell the same to the citizens at cost.’ This motion was moved by Ald. Platt and seconded by Ald. Woodley at last night’s Council meeting. Ald. Platt said other cities were doing the same. …  The coal situation, he declared, would be again acute next year. He did not want to interfere with the coal merchants. …

Ald. Deacon declared that the Belleville merchants had treated citizens pretty fair last winter. Belleville was buying coal as cheap last spring as Philadelphia. The local dealers are at their wits’ end in trying to supply Belleville with coal.

Ald. Platt said he did not think the merchants were wanting to ‘do’ the citizens. But if the City Council could get the coal it would do a favor to the people. ‘We want the coal supplied to the citizens at a reasonable rate.’

Ald. Woodley—’Let us see what prices we can get. We can submit them to the Council and to the people. We can let them know what we can give the coal at.’ Mayor Ketcheson said he was as anxious as anyone to get his coal cheap, but the dealers are not making large profits.

The motion carried almost unanimously. The committee of investigation is composed of Aldermen Platt, Robinson and Parks.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville Boy Is a Prisoner. The following card tells a story all its own regarding one of our soldier boys: Friedrichsfeld, April 8th, 1917. Dear Intell.:

I am sorry to let you know that one of the old Intelligencer’s news boys is a Prisoner of War taken on the Somme, Sept. 15th, 1916. I am well, and expect to be back with you soon. Would much prefer to be with the boys on the front, formerly of Christie’s Laundry. Best regards to all the boys. Yours very truly Geo. J. Thompson. Princess Patricia’s Canadian L. I. No. 124475.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1917 (page 5)

“Cobourg Heavy Battery. Since the last list of names of the Belleville lads, who have lately enlisted with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, the following have now put on the Artillery uniform: Messrs G. French, B. McBain, C. Clarke, F. Corby, H. Potter, N. Childs. This makes in all twenty-two Belleville men, who have signed up at Cobourg in one week, and along with the half dozen who are following suit in a few days and the ten Albert College Students, the grand total will be about forty.

The Ninth Draft will be almost entirely Belleville Boys, and any who yet wish to join it must hurry. Bombardier Bullock and Gunner Madill have returned to Cobourg.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1917 (page 6)

“Birdmen. Belleville was visited on Sunday afternoon by two distinguished Flight Commanders, both of whom have served in France, in the persons of Lieut. Vernon Castle and Lieut. Coates, accompanied by their Flight Sergeants.

They landed on Colonel Ponton’s farm in Sidney and after spending a pleasant hour at ‘Sidney Cottage,’ where they met a number of young people, they left again for the east and before going gave the crowd of at least a thousand people who had gathered to watch their departure, an example of an action in the air. Lieut. Vernon Castle looping the loop several times before waving goodbye.

The air being clear the sight was most striking and one rendered doubly interesting by the fact that both officers had done their duty at the Front and are now training the young Canadians to follow in their foot steps, or rather in their soaring wings.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1917 (page 6)

“The following message conveys the pleasing intelligence that Pte. F. W. Coon, of this city, who was wounded is progressing favorably.

Ottawa, Ont., Mrs. Elizabeth Coon, 13 Brock St., City. Cable received from England states 219521, Pte. F. W. Coon suffering from impetigo, progressing satisfactorily, but will be some time in hospital. Will send further information when received. Office I.C. Records.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Bids Farewell to 254th Battalion, Notice to Join C.E.F. Company of Canadian Defence Force, Women in Munition Plants

The Intelligencer May 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville Bids Farewell to 254th Batt. Citizens of all classes this morning vied with each other in giving the members of the 254th a hearty send off as they left this city eastward bound preparatory to going overseas. For some time the unit has been in Belleville, and the greater number of the members are residents of Hastings and adjoining counties, and numbered some 375. …

In full marching order the Battalion assembled at the Armouries and previous to leaving the members were provided with lunches furnished by the ladies of the two chapters of the Daughters of the Empire. Many were present at the Armouries, to bid for the present good-bye to loved ones.

The Battalion paraded from the Armouries at 11.30 and proceeded by way of Bridge St., up Front Street to Station Road, to the G. T. R. Station, where they embarked. On the line of march the streets were thronged with pedestrians and the boys were lustily cheered as they marched past, headed by the Battalion Band, under command of Bandmaster Lieut. E. R. Hinchey. A large number of autos and vehicles followed the boys to the station where they were given a hearty send off.

Among the prominent citizens present were Mayor Ketcheson, Mr. E. G. Porter, K. C., M. P., Col. Ponton, Mr. F. E. O’Flynn, and others. Several surplus subalterns, who were attached to the battalion are being retained here in order that they may be available if required.”

The Intelligencer May 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Do Not Wait For Conscription. You still have a chance to be a volunteer. It will not last long. DO IT NOW!

The pay and the allowances of the volunteer are settled. We do not know what the pay of the conscript will be. NOTE THIS!

Join the C.E.F. Company of the C.D.F. and reinforce the famous ‘Iron Second’ Battalion, the finest battalion in the First Canadian Division. DO IT NOW!

There will be no more recruits taken on the Canadian Defence Force. E. D. O’Flynn, Lieut.-Colonel, Comm’ D. G., 15th Reg’t C. D. F.”

The Intelligencer May 26, 1917 (page 3)

“Women Make Good in the Munition Plant. After enumerating the many channels in which women have directed their energies since the outbreak of the war, Owen E. McGillicuddy, in May’s ‘Everywoman’s World,’ pays the following tribute to the women munition workers:

Probably the most interesting, as it is also the most painstaking, is the way in which she has actually gotten down to hard manual work in the foundries and factories which are turning out war munitions throughout Canada.

Here she has learned a newer and larger meaning of the terms ‘citizenship,’ and ‘workmanship,’ and here also has she earned and learned by the sweat of her brow what it means to be truly patriotic. The War has truly given her equal place in the service of the nation, although it still withholds in four Provinces the fuller Franchise of a share in the Government. …

In Canada, there are already 3,500 women in munition factories, and that army is steadily increasing: and notwithstanding the fact that practically all of these employees were absolutely unfamiliar with mechanical work previous to the War, they have demonstrated, not only a mechanical ability equal to man’s, but in some departments they have shown beyond question a superiority to the male help who formerly did the same work.”

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100 Years Ago: Philip Pauley Killed in Action, Private Rittwage Killed in Action, Lieutenant Blakely Invalided Home, Garden Window Display at Ritchie’s, More Bellevillians Enlist in Cobourg Heavy Battery

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Sgt. Philip W. Pauley. Mr. Pauley of this city, yesterday received the following sad message: Ottawa, Ont., May 23. George H. Pauley, 89 Octavia Street, Belleville. Deeply regret to inform you that Sgt. Philip Walter Pauley, infantry, officially reported killed in action, May 9th, 1917. Record. Office.

Sergt. Pauley, who was 23 years of age, enlisted with the 21st Battalion at Kingston under Col. Hughes. He went overseas two years ago and was in the trenches for twelve months. Previous to enlistment he was an employee of the Springer Lock Factory. He was a fine young man and had many friends in this city who will regret to learn of his death. The Sergeant was a member of Christ Church.”

[Note: Sergeant Walter Pauley died on May 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 306 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Rittwage, who resides on Mill Street, Belleville, has received a telegram from the Record Office stating that her son, Private Rittwage had been killed in action. The young man left this city with the 155th Battalion.”

[Note: Private William Henry Rittwage died on May 4, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 316 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Blakely Is Invalided Home. Lieut. L. Blakely, who left Belleville as an officer of the 80th Battalion, arrived in this city at an early hour this morning, having been invalided home. Lieut. Blakely was one of the most popular officers of the 80th, and was efficient and brave. He has done his bit for King and country and returned to this city bearing unmistakable evidence of having been in the firing line.

At what is termed the Great Salient the Lieutenant was severely wounded about the head, and his spine was also injured to a considerable extent. Owing to the nature of the injuries received he was compelled to remain in a hospital for some time in the Motherland. As soon as he sufficiently convalesced he was allowed to return to Canada.

Lieut. Blakely came from the western part of Canada and was attached to the 80th Battalion. While in the city the Lieutenant made many friends who will wish for him a speedy recovery, from the terrible injuries he received. Belleville will for the time being be the Lieutenant’s home as he is much attracted to our beautiful city.”

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Unique Window Display By The Ritchie Co. One of the most timely and attractive window displays seen in Belleville for many years, and one that has caused much favorable comment, is the garden scene displayed in Ritchie’s north show window. A real, genuine garden is depicted, with the plants and vegetable plots layed out in true backyard style.

A background of brick, and a miniature model home in the centre of the window adds to the effectiveness of the display, and the utensils usually required are scattered throughout the window in a most realistic manner.

Timely slogans, such as ‘Production Spells Patriotism,’ and ‘The Planting Line Supports the Firing Line,’ are displayed, and it should do much to further the cause of more production. It is indeed a most creditable arrangement both to the designer and the Ritchie Co. May it bring good results.”

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 3)

“The Cobourg Heavy Battery is at present very popular with the young men of this city. Every draft leaving Cobourg has always had a large quota from Belleville. In the seventh draft we had about fifteen men and in the eighth draft, which will soon be leaving for overseas but the ninth draft, now forming promises to have the largest representation of the ‘Bay City’ lads than any draft yet.

In addition to the nine names already published, the following have since put on a C.H.B. uniform: Messrs L. Bell, G. Roote, M. Loche, D. Foote, R. Sills and R. Ives. Seven students from Albert College are also similarly enlisting in the course of a couple of weeks. Several of our men about town are putting on a Cobourg H. B. uniform to-day and quite a number will tomorrow.

Bombardier Bullock and Gunner Madill are in charge of the local recruiting for the ninth draft, and if you don’t see them on the street, call at the Y.M.C.A. or phone Major McKinnon, O.C., Cobourg Heavy Battery.”


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100 Years Ago: Passport System Planned, Poster for Belleville Heavy Battery, Ad for Delaney Hats, Brant Brant Wounded, Cobourg Heavy Battery, Willie Pinn Killed in Action, Letter of Sympathy for John Emerson

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 1)

“Ottawa. Drastic methods will be adopted immediately to prevent Canadians of military age from evading military service by crossing the International boundary. An order-in-Council will be passed and put into effect at once, which will not permit the emigration from the country of men of military age without permission of the authorities.

To accomplish this, it is understood that a passport system will be instituted. A citizen who attempts to leave Canada without this permission will be turned back at the border or the point at which he attempts to leave the country. It is probable that joint arrangement will be made with the United States whereby each country will assist the other in conserving its man power for military service. If this is brought about those who attempt to leave their respective countries without permission will have to run the gauntlet of a double set of border officials.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville Heavy Battery. Now located at 34th Battery Headquarters, 190 Church St. Young men of this city this is Your Opportunity to enlist. Recruiting Sergeant in charge at all times and evenings 7 to 10. Come and talk it over.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 2)

“We Are High Flyers! When it comes to cleaning and blocking Hats of all descriptions, whether your Hat is a Flat Straw, or Panama, you can send it to us to be cleaned and blocked with perfect confidence of having it done satisfactory. We also carry Ladies’ and Children’s Panama Hats. Our prices are right. J. T. Delaney. 29 Campbell St. Phone 797. Opp. Dr. Gibson’s.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 7)

“Pte. Brant Brant. To Mrs. Maggie Brant, Shannonville. Ottawa, May 13th, 1917. O.K. 410, Sincerely regret to inform you 637076, Private Brant Brant, infantry, officially reported admitted to Four General Hospital, Dannes Camiers, May 4th, 1917; gunshot wound in left leg and forearm. Severe. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge of Records.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 7)

“The following from the city of Belleville and vicinity have recently enlisted in the Cobourg Heavy Battery, stationed at Cobourg, Ont:—Messrs J. Walmsley, F. Hill, A. and H. Rogers, J. McIntosh, M. Diebert, W. Holoway, S. Hill, and G. McFarlane. In addition quite a number are similarly signing up in a few days.

This is the only Heavy Battery in Ontario, and drafts are constantly leaving therefrom to reinforce the Heavy and Siege Batteries in France. At the present Bombardier Bullock and Gunner Madill are in the city at the Y. M. C. A. representing the Battery, and will be pleased to aid in every way possible those desiring to join this excellent branch of the King’s Service. Further particulars can be secured from Major McKinnon, O. C., Cobourg Heavy Battery, Cobourg, Ont.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 7)

“Another of Shannonville’s brave young boys has made the supreme sacrifice, and Somewhere in France his body will find an honored grave. In consequence a home is plunged in mourning. The sad news was received by Mrs. Christina Brant, of Shannonville, that Pte. Pinn was killed in action Somewhere in France while in defence of his country. The following is the telegram: Ottawa, May 17th, 1917. A.M. 85. Deeply regret to inform you 637077 Pte. Pinn, infantry, officially reported killed in action, May 3rd, 1917. Officer in Charge of Records.

Pte. Pinn was born at Shannonville, and was twenty-two years of age, and unmarried. He enlisted at Belleville, April 19th, 1916, with the 155th Battalion, and went overseas with that unit, and on arriving in England was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Battalion, and went to France. Pte. Pinn has a mother, one brother of Hamilton, and a sister of Shannonville to survive him. To the bereaved family the sincerest sympathy will be extended in the loss of a loving son.”

[Note: Private William Pinn died on May 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 309 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 23, 1917 (page 7)

“Letter of Sympathy. The following is a letter received by Mrs. Isabella Emerson of Thomasburg, Ont., following the telegram of her son’s death on April 9th. France, April 19th. Dear Mrs. Emerson—As Chaplain of the 42nd Battalion, I wish to send you this word of deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, Pte. J. Emerson, No. 412105, who fell in action on April 9th, that memorable day in our history. How or when he was killed I do not know, that with all who then gave up their lives, he bore himself with splendid courage and devotion, by his faithfulness, gained the crown of life God has in store for his soldiers.

He was buried in a plot of ground some distance back of the line, and there with many comrades he sleeps in highest honor. For you in this sore loss, we have all sympathy. We make it our prayer that God may help you to bear the burden, so strengthening your faith by His presence that out of your pain you may come to a new understanding of His love and mercy. Your son’s personal effects will be forwarded later. With deepest sympathy, I am Very sincerely yours, Geo. G. D. Kilpatrick.

A memorial service was held last Sabbath morning, May 20th, at Thomasburg Methodist Church for Pte. John Emerson. Rev. Mr. Pettey preached a very impressive sermon, taking for his text, 1st John, 3rd chapter, 16 verse: ‘He laid down his life for us.’ He was assisted by Rev. Mr. Richards.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Y.M.C.A. Campaign, Green and White Circle Holds 100th Meeting, Slackers Returning from United States

The Intelligencer May 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Serve by giving. Y.M.C.A. With His Majesty’s Canadian Forces on Active Service. Help Y. M. C. A.—Help Soldiers! Thank You!”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1917 (page 2)

“The Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association of this city, which has done such magnificent work since the commencement of the war, would not have been able to do so if it had not been for the splendid organization of its large number of Circles, which are spread throughout the city. One of them, the Green and White Knitting Circle, held its hundredth meeting at the Y.M.C.A. …

The rotunda was beautifully decorated with flags and the tea rooms with trilliums, the color scheme, green and white, was in evidence everywhere. …  The 254th Band being on its last leave could not be present as expected, but the guests were entertained by a victrola, which was kindly loaned by the C. W. Lindsay Limited.

The members of the circle fitted admirably into their respective positions doing all in their power to make the event a success. One of the pleasing features of the meeting was the presence of Mrs. Col. Lazier, who has been President of the Association since its formation. …  Mrs. (Dr.) Yeomans, who is at the head of the Circles, presented Mrs. (Col.) Lazier with a bouquet of roses from the different circles of the Association. …  the reception was voted by all to be a great success. The proceeds amounted to about $25.

This Association, which is comprised of a large number of the ladies of our city continues its wonderful work and the members of the Green and White Knitting Circle are second to none in their earnest and successful endeavor.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1917 (page 5)

“Slackers Are Now Returning. The immigration authorities are up against new problems following the entry of the United States into the war. The greatest of these worries is the influx of travellers from across the border, who total for the past week 1,200. The selective conscription is given as the reason why more than 500 stepped from trains at the various stations in Montreal last night to take up their residence in Canada.

A great many of them passed across the border to the States following the talk of conscription here. They are now believed to have returned to avoid the drastic laws put into effect in the United States to capture slackers.

Every foreign born resident of the United States has until June 1st to get out of the country without hindrance. After that date every man physically fit who comes under the selective conscription ages will be forced to enlist whether of foreign birth or not.”


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100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties, Letter from Harry Bateman, Peter Robson Killed in Action, Y.M.C.A. at Vimy Ridge, Final Concert by 254th Battalion Band, Y.M.C.A. Committee Campaign Letter to Citizens

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. KILLED—H. Leslie, Trenton; H. H. Barnum, Trenton; R. Brant, Deseronto; E. Brown, Deseronto; W. Pinn, Shannonville; E. R. Goodfellow, Corbyville; M. Wannamaker, Trenton; H. W. Robson, Holloway. DIED OF WOUNDS—E. M. Gould, Stirling. WOUNDED—D. Shute, Trenton; A. Calberry, Belleville; A. Daly, Bancroft; J. W. Dobson, Trenton; A. Reid, Springbrook; H. Brant, Deseronto; R. Brant, Marysville.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 1)

“From Gunner J. H. Bateman. Dear Mother:—Received your very welcome letter and parcels, of which I was very glad to receive and everything was all O.K. except two of the eggs were broken, but the rest were all right. I put them in some hot water, and they were all right. …

Well, we sure have been busy and I guess you have heard of our good luck, so I won’t say much about that although I would like to be able to tell you of our great work that we have been engaged in for the last five days, and we are still at it. …  I tell you the parcels we have been getting lately sure came very handy to us for several reasons, and I must say the last one I received came in very handy. The socks were needed, and so was the tobacco.

I am thinking of sending to England for some money. We are able to get things at the Y.M.C.A. as there are several of them here now, and they are almost up at the front line for the purpose of the infantry coming and going to the trenches. It is a great thing and some of the places give hot cocoa or coffee or tea free of charge, and it sure is a great thing for the boys coming down the line, and for us also after being out all night. Well I must close. Hoping this finds you all in the best of health. Your loving son, Harry.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Peter Robson. On the 3rd of May, Private Peter Robson, who left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, was killed in action. The brave young soldier’s home was near Holloway in the Township of Thurlow. Private Robson was very popular with a large number of associates and his death will be sincerely regretted.”

[Note: Private Peter William Robson died on May 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 318 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 5)

“Right on the heels of the dashing Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, the Y. M. C. A. men were serving out biscuits and chocolates free to the tired men. Brigadier-General Odlum, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade, bestowed high praise on them in the following letter to Capt. J. Wallace, Senior Y.M.C.A. officer in France.

‘My dear Wallace:—I want to let you know how much I was impressed with the work done by the Y. M. C. A. during the recent operations. It was simply magnificent. Almost before the place was consolidated, your representative had a distributing centre at the top of Hill 145—the crest of Vimy Ridge—and was serving biscuits and chocolate to the men.

All ranks are enthusiastic. I have taken the liberty of recommending one of your officers for a Military Cross, and I sincerely hope it goes through. The Y. M. C. A. has endeared itself to the soldiers in France as no other institution has. Very sincerely, (Signed) Victor Odlum, Brig. Gen.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 5)

“At Griffin’s Opera House last evening a large number of citizens assembled to listen to a band concert given by the 254th Battalion Band previous to going overseas. It was the last concert which this celebrated band under the leadership of Bandmaster Lieut. Hinchey will give in Belleville. The programme rendered was much appreciated, each number being liberally applauded. …

Before the last number Bandsman Shunk thanked the audience on behalf of the band, for their patronage and informed them, as far as known, this would be the last time Belleville would have the opportunity of hearing this band in concert as the band was to be shortly broken up. Those physically fit to go overseas to do their bit and those not to proceed to be Special Service Co. No. 3, Kingston. The band appreciate very much those who assisted in the programme and the citizens generally for their interest in the organization.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1917 (page 5)

“To All Patriotic Citizens of Belleville. Few of us realize the magnificent service that has been rendered and is being daily rendered to our soldiers by the Y.M.C.A. From the first day he enters the barracks or training camp until his final discharge he is constantly within range of the refining and helpful influence of this splendid organization.

Athletic sports, indoor games, libraries, reading and writing rooms, canteens, rest rooms, concerts and religious exercises, all fall within the sphere of its operations. In every branch of the service from the dugout to the hospital the good work is being energetically and systematically carried on. From the raw recruit to the Commanding Officer we hear nothing but praise for the Y. M. C. A. and thousands of letters from boys taken from every walk in life and now serving in the army attest to the painstaking care and devotion of the loyal band  of Y.M.C.A. workers attached to every unit of the Canadian Overseas Forces.

The demand for funds to carry on this work is very urgent at the present time and a special personal appeal will be made directly or indirectly to every person in our city to assist in meeting it. This is a cause which no one can afford to overlook and to which everyone should liberally contribute. We aim at raising at least $5,000. Several other towns about the size of ours have each given more than this, and we feel that Belleville will be just as generous as any of them.

A campaign committee of fifty prominent business and professional men will undertake the soliciting of funds during Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. …  Donations from Sunday Schools, Public Schools, Patriotic and Fraternal organizations will be gratefully appreciated.

Every dollar subscribed will go to the benefit of our Canadian soldiers.

Executive Committee. Mayor Ketcheson, Hon. Chairman; John Elliott, Treasurer; D. V. Sinclair, Chairman; E. P. Frederick, Secretary; H. W. Ackerman, Vice Chairman; L. W. Terwilliger, Chairman Finance; F. S. Shepard, Executive Secretary.”


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100 Years Ago: 15th Regiment A.L.I., Y.M.C.A. Representatives Speak at Churches, Poster for Y.M.C.A. Campaign, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, David Bennett Wounded, Soldiers’ Private Debts Cannot Be Collected, No Stone Memorials Permitted over Graves, Four Belleville Soldiers Wounded

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Col. Barragar was in attendance at the drill last night of the 15th Regt. (Militia). After an hours’ instruction under the most competent drill instructors those present held a meeting with the colonel in the lecture room. It was decided that the regular nights weekly for instruction until the 1st of July next will be Monday for squad company drill and Friday for battalion drill. …  There will be competent instructors at each drill and an opportunity will be given for those desiring to qualify as non-coms. and officers. …

Young men should come without hesitation, and the young women of our fair city, who have been doing so much for patriotic purposes, should insist upon all their men friends and relatives unable to join the other forces to turn out for military training in the 15th Regt.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Special Services at Local Churches. The churches of the city are very heartily co-operating with the movement for assisting the National Council of the Y.M.C.A. in its work for our soldier boys at home and overseas.

Representatives of the military department of the council will speak tomorrow in various churches …  St. Thomas …  Christ Church …  St. Andrews …  Holloway St. Methodist …  John St. Presbyterian …  Tabernacle …  Baptist Church…  Bridge St. Methodist …  Reformed Episcopal. …  These men all have had practical experience in work among the troops and will have an interesting presentation to make of this form of association activity.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 3)

“For our boys’ sake! They are fighting for YOU—What are you doing for THEM?

‘It is the last evidence of humanity as our boys go forward to their grim job in the trenches—the last sign that anybody cares.’—From a Soldier’s letter.

Help the Y.M.C.A. to help the soldiers. Belleville will help. A canvass for $5000 will be conducted May 22 and 23.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 6)

“Relaxing the Tension with a good Gillette Shave. A day a-wing over enemy lines—scouting, observing, fighting, dodging shells and machine-gun bullets—is a nervous strain that has no precedent and probably no equal. When our airmen alight at last, after flights an eagle might envy, they certainly do enjoy the refreshing relaxation of a cool, smooth Gillette shave.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Lieut. David L. Bennett. A Young Englishman Who Made Good in Belleville, and Is Now Wounded in Hospital. The following sketch of a former Belleville resident is taken from a recent issue of the St. Alban’s (England) Times. …

Lieut. David L. Bennett (22) of the Canadian Contingent, who, we regret to say has been severely wounded, the humerus of his right arm having been fractured by machine gun fire. …

Lieut. David L. Bennett was engaged in the telephone service at St. Albans, and went out to Canada about three years ago, and was there rapidly rising in the telephone service at Belleville, Ontario. He was married shortly before leaving for England, to Miss Grace Winnifrid Maidens, of Belleville. He was wounded at the storming of Vimy Ridge, when the Canadians gave such a heroic account of themselves. Mrs. Bennett, who is with her parents at 167 Victoria Avenue, states that latest reports regarding her husband’s condition are most encouraging.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“As applications continue to be received at militia headquarters and by officers commanding districts from tradesmen and other individuals for assistance in the recovery of debts due to them by officers and soldiers serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, or the active militia of Canada, and from officers’ or sergeants’ messes, regimental canteens, etc., it has been found desirable to enforce payments, and they are unable to assist in the recovery of private debts. All persons who give credit to officers and soldiers do so at their own risk.

Officers, non-commissioned officers and men are as amenable to the civil law of the country as any other class of His Majesty’s subjects, with this exception, that no execution can be taken against their person, pay, arms, ammunition, equipment, instruments, regimental necessaries or clothing. The militia authorities are therefore unable to take any steps towards the collection of private debts.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Notification has been received at militia headquarters from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries, London, that owing to difficulties of transport and for military reasons, it has been found necessary to issue the strictest regulation forbidding the acceptance of even a small stone memorial for erection over the graves in France, during the continuation of hostilities. Under arrangements now in force, all known graves are marked with a durable wooden cross, with a stamped metal inscription bearing full particulars.

The above information is published in order to spare much disappointment to relatives of deceased officers and men who may contemplate sending memorials to England for erection over graves in France.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Wounded in Action. Willis Sargent. Ottawa, May 15, 1917. W. A. Sargent, M. D., Colborne. Sincerely regret to inform you No. 220510 Pte. Willis Bailey Sargent, infantry, officially reported admitted 32 Stationary hospital, Wimereux, May 8th, 1917, gun shot wound, right leg. Will send particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.

Pte. Sargent was a student at Albert College, Belleville, when he enlisted. Just one year ago he left Belleville for overseas, and three months later went to the firing line and has seen much fighting. He was with the victorious Canadians at Vimy Ridge, coming through unscratched. That his wound may not cause permanent injury is the wish of many friends.

Arthur Calbery. Ottawa, May 17, 1917. Mrs. Ethel Calbery, 90 Canifton Road, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636898 Pte. Arthur Calbery, infantry, officially reported admitted to Sixth General Hospital, Rouen, May 9 1917. Gunshot wound in back. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge Records.

Gr. Paterson Wounded. Ottawa, May 19th, 1917. Sincerely regret to inform you that 40,469 Gunner William Paterson, artillery, officially reported admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimreux, May 12th, 1917, wounded severely in leg and back. Will send further particulars when received. Record Office.

Gunner Paterson left Belleville with the 34th Battery in August 1914, and since being at the front had been promoted to a corporal. He has been to the firing line over two years and was only 17 years of age when he left here. William’s many friends in Belleville will hope that he will recover from his wounds.

Sergeant A. E. Harris. Ottawa, May 18. Jesse Harris, Belleville, Ontario. A.F.F. 360. Sincerely regret to inform you 40426 Sergt. Albert E. Harris, artillery, officially reported admitted to Australian General, Wenereux, May 12th, 1917, wounded slightly in leg and forehead. Will send further particulars when received. Record Office.

Sergt. Harris is the only son of Mr. Jesse Harris, the genial city messenger, and left Belleville with the 34th Battery. He has been in the fighting line for months, and has had some narrow escapes. Fortunately his wounds are not apparently of a serious nature.”

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100 Years Ago: Y.M.C.A. Work at the Front, Thomas Patrick Wounded, George Eldridge and Henry Delisle Killed in Action, Ad for Patriotic Canadian and American Songs

The Intelligencer May 18, 1917 (page 1)

“A campaign to raise $5,000 in Belleville for Y.M.C.A. work overseas was last evening launched at a gathering of representative citizens at the Y.M.C.A. auditorium. Previous to the business part of the meeting a dainty lunch was provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Association and it was thoroughly enjoyed. A number of the city ministers were present also some business and professional gentlemen.

Mayor Ketcheson presided over the gathering, and briefly stated the object of the meeting. He referred to the excellent work done by the Y.M.C.A. overseas as it affects our boys, who were over there.

Lieut. A. S. C. Trivett, M. A., B. D., of Toronto University and Wycliffe College …  gave an excellent address on Y. M. C. A. work among the boys at the front. …  There are over 50 branches of Canadian Y.M.C.A. in France. Eighty men who rank as honorary captains have been sent overseas; soon 32 of these will be in France. Altogether over 500 persons under Y. M. C. A. direction are serving our boys in the Army. Special Y.M.C.A. officers give their attention to the returning wounded Canadians. Enormous quantities of free drinks of tea, coffee, etc., are dispensed to the soldiers in France. One million sheets of letter paper with envelopes and writing facilities are provided free every month, in both England and France, and over two million have been similarly used in Canada since June.

On request of soldiers Overseas, snap shots of their families are sent to them. Hundreds of thousands of new and used magazines are supplied in England and France each month. Circulating libraries are kept in many of the branches. …  Vast quantities of athletic and games equipment are freely supplied in England and France. …

The whole Y. M. C. A. programme is distinctly religious. In the home training camps, this is particularly true. In England, while the religious is not overlooked, greater use is made of other features to counteract certain outside activities. In France every opportunity is taken advantage of (for religious activities) and the value of the Y.M.C.A. in keeping men in touch with old ideals of living and reminding them of the old environment, cannot be over-estimated. …

Mr. Fred L. Ratcliffe, of Toronto, who is a member of the National Military Service Committee gave an address showing the need there was for the contributing of a large sum this year to carry on the work. There would be needed this year at least $750,000 and of this amount Toronto was asked to contribute $200,000.00. …

Mayor Ketcheson stated that it was up to Belleville to do something and he thought that $5,000 should be contributed to the fund.

Mr. Sinclair said that Belleville was vitally interested in this matter, and it would be a strange thing if the citizens did not respond to the call for such a noble cause. Let us give the citizens an opportunity to assist in this matter. He would go out as a committeeman and do his share. …  It was decided to launch a campaign immediately. …  Messrs H. W. Ackerman and D. V. Sinclair stated that they were prepared to be two of ten to give $100 each to the campaign fund. The meeting closed by prayer and the benediction by Rev. Dr. Scott.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Thomas J. A. Patrick. Ottawa, May 17, 1917. James Patrick, 70 Mill St., Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 163661 Pte. Thomas James Alfred Patrick, infantry, officially reported admitted to Three Stationary Hospital, Rouen, May 10, 1917, gunshot wound right arm and knee. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge of Records.

Pte. Thomas Patrick was wounded in September of last year, during the Battle of the Somme, and was in the hospital for months. He went overseas with the 37th Battalion, Toronto, but was a Belleville boy, being a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. James Patrick, Mill Street.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Killed in Action. Pte. Geo. Eldridge. Private George Eldridge of Port Hope, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, was killed in action on May 5th. Pte. Eldridge was one of the first to enlist in this battalion. He was married, and his widow lives on Dorset Street, Port Hope.

Henry DeLisle. Mr. Camille DeLisle, 299 Foster Ave., received official report yesterday that his brother, Sergt. Henry DeLisle was killed in action on May 8th. He left Belleville with the 39th Battalion two years ago.”

[Note: Private George Eldridge died on May 5, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 233 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Corporal Harry Delisle died on May 8, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Patriotic Canadian and American Selections. Our cousins across the border have joined hands with us to fight for freedom. Hear their favorite patriotic music—as well as your own—on Victor Records. …  J. V. Doyle, Front St. C. W. Lindsay, Ltd. 231 Front St.”

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100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties, Final Inspection of 254th Battalion, 254th Battalion Entertained by 15th Regimental Band, 254th Battalion Band to Play Farewell Concert

The Intelligencer May 17, 1917 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. Died of Wounds—W. Gordon, Madoc; C. McGorretta, Belleville. Wounded and Missing—G. H. McGee, Stirling. Wounded—A. J. Grier, Tweed; A. Jackson, Trenton; B. Brant, Shannonville; F. Hubbs, Trenton, H. Evans, Belleville; J. B. Naylor, Madoc; L. Comeau, Trenton; P. F. Welsh, St. Ola.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1917 (page 2)

“The final inspection of the 254th Battalion before leaving for overseas was held in this city yesterday afternoon, and was witnessed by a number of citizens. The military officer, who made the inspection was Brigadier-General Hemming, of Kingston, and he was accompanied by his A. D. C., Capt. Kidd, and Lt.-Col. W. J. Brown, a well known Belleville military man. Major R. D. Ponton, was also present.

The members of the battalion were drawn up on the lawn in front of the armouries. The band under the leadership of Bandmaster Lieut. Hinchey, being in the centre. The boys presented a most creditable appearance. For inspection they were in extended form of two deep and the Brigadier and his staff made a minute inspection of the men.

The members of the battalion showed up well considering the brief space of time they have been in the city as a unit. A certain number have been found unfit for overseas service at present and will be drafted to other units. As the soldiers paraded upon the green, their soldierly appearance was favorably commented upon. Lt.-Col. Brown put the men through a number of manoeuvres and they did very well. The officers in command were well pleased with the inspection.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Members of Musical Organizations Fraternize. In the lecture room of the Armouries last evening, a social gathering took place, which while pleasing in its nature had a tinge of regret connected with it. The members of the 15th Regimental Band entertained the members of the 254th Band, the greater number of whom will leave Belleville in a few days for overseas service. A number of the 254th Band were formerly connected with the 15th Regimental Band, and the best of feelings exist between the two musical organizations.

In the early part of the evening the 15th Orchestra, under the leadership of Mr. E. O’Rourke rendered a number of selections, which were much appreciated and well executed. Later in the evening some time was spent in speech making and songs. …

Bandsman Shunk of the 254th Band, being called upon, said it was certainly nice for the members of the 15th Band to entertain the boys. He had been connected with the 80th Band, and the 155th Band, and also the 254th Band. The members of the latter band he certainly liked very much, and he was sorry he was not accompanying them overseas, but hoped all would return. He was pleased at the harmony existing between the members of the two bands. …

Bandsman Brooks of the 254th Band, said he came to Belleville as a stranger but he had been most cordially received. He came 2,000 miles from the West to join the military organization, and he would try to do his bit for his country. There would be left behind some good friends, but there comes a time when the best of friends must part, and that time had arrived. Duty was calling them to a scene of greater action, and they were answering that call. We will come back after the Germans are driven out of France and Belgium, and we enter Berlin. (Applause.) …  The remainder of the evening was spent in social intercourse and the partaking of refreshments.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1917 (page 8)

“Farewell Concert. The famous band of the 254th Battalion, under the direction of Lieut. Hinchey, assisted by local talent, will give a farewell concert in Griffin’s Opera House on Sunday night, May 20th. This will positively be the last appearance of this splendid band before going overseas and will be a high class Musical treat, which no one should miss. Come and hear the Boys for the last time in Canada. Silver collection of not less than 25c requested.”



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100 Years Ago: Shall Women Always Knit? Harry Aldous Killed in Action, Edgar Stapley Wounded

The Intelligencer May 16, 1917 (page 1)

“Ottawa. Knitting not only on the Sabbath but during Divine Service! It is done in Montreal, but whether the women can hold the thread of the sermon in mind with twenty stitches on their needles is a mooted question.

The departure from the observance of the Lord’s Day under the pressure of patriotic duty is suggested by the Civil Service publication, the ‘Civilian’ and the opinion of prominent local ministers were sought on the project, but they refuse to commit themselves on their probable action.

Women knitting in the Sunday afternoon Red Cross concerts during the winter caused little comment and no commendation, and according to the Rev. Mr. Sparling, the women of the Dominion Methodist Church have been bringing their knitting to Wednesday night prayer meeting for some time past, but he was not prepared to say how he would treat divided attention during the Sunday morning sermon. Other ministers side-stepped the question entirely.

The custom was started in Montreal by a clergyman’s wife, it is said, who took her knitting to church and so enthused the women members of her parish that they all followed suit, and when the steel needles proved distracting to the minister bone needles were substituted.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Jas. Savage, Baldwin St., received the following letter from Mrs. Aldous, from St. Cross, Harleston, Norfolk, England: Dear Mrs. Savage: I cannot write much. I received the sad news this morning that My dear son, Harry was killed on the 9th of April. I never saw him at all, but he often wrote and said he wanted to see me, and I was always asking God to spare him. Well, dear, you know my heart is broken and I must close with my best love and wishes from Mrs. Aldous.

‘Harry,’ although he had no relatives in this country, had many friends. He worked for some time with Mr. G. Roblin of Thurlow, and left with the 80th Battalion. The news of his death is received with much regret.”

[Note: Private Harry Samuel Aldous died on April 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 190 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Rosina Stapley, residing at 85 Lingham Street, in this city, has received the following telegram: Ottawa, May 14th. Sincerely regret to inform you 636672 Pte. Edgar Stapley, infantry, officially reported admitted to Eleven General Hospital, Camiers, May 6th, 1917; gun shot wounds in left shoulder and thigh; severe. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge of Records.”



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